Meetings of the Council of the EU
13 October 2016 - 13 November 2016
Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council will take place in Luxembourg on Thursday 13 October 2016, starting at 9.30. It will be chaired by Mr Jan Richter, Slovak minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family.
The Council is expected to reach a general approach on a revised directive protecting workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work. The proposed directive aims at increasing stricter limit exposure values for a number of cancer-causing chemicals as compared to those of the previous directive from 2004.
In addition, the Council is expected to reach a political agreement on a directive dealing with the work in fishing Convention 2007 of the International Labour Organisation. Its aim is to provide fishermen with decent working and living conditions.
Ministers will also discuss the implementation of the recommendation on long-term unemployment. The Commission will present its review of the Youth guarantee and the Youth employment initiatives. Ministers will hold a policy debate on a new skills agenda for Europe, endorsing an opinion of the Employment Committee.
The Presidency and the Commission will inform the Council on the preparations of the Tripartite Social Summit on 19 October and on recent developments concerning the new start for social dialogue.
The Council is due to adopt conclusions on the “report from the European Court of Auditors on EU policy initiatives and financial support for Roma integration”.
Most of the meeting will be public and can be followed by video streaming at http://video.consilium.europa.eu/.
The press conferences will be held at around 16.30 with Commissioner Thyssen.